There is a rapture on the lonely shore;
There is society, where none intrudes.
By the deep sea, and music in its roar:
I love not man the less, but Nature more...

-Lord Byron

24 August 2013

The Albino Kenyan

As we are driving to Safari, a conversation gets started about the Albino population in East Africa. It is estimated that around 10,000 albino's are in Tanzania and Kenya, probably more.

The are moving from the countryside to more urban areas due to a horrible current practice of hunting and killing albinos ( regardless of gender or age), and grinding their bones for witchcraft purposes.

As we stop at a view point for the Great Rift Valley, I remember the Albino man that makes his living here selling gifts and pictures of himself with tourists. As I am minding my own business, filming the Valley from the viewpoint, I have a Kenyan behind me trying to sell me something.

Not uncommon, and I'm politely talking to him whilst filming, then I turn and lo and behold, who do you think it is....
A man. A human. Just like you and me.
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